The Fort Wilderness Peddlar Truck
I ran across another WDW Bits & Pieces about the Fort Wilderness Peddlar Truck from the WDW News from September, 1975. I’ve only seen one other mention of the peddlar truck (spelled peddler’s) over at Ryan’s Main Street Gazette.
Every morning and evening, an antique peddlar truck, laden with fresh vegetables, fruits, foodstuffs, and camping supplies, rumbles down the roads of Fort Wilderness beckoning quests with a clanging cowbell.
Ryan at the Main Street Gazette offers this description:
…it wound its way through the campground selling foodstuffs and sundries to guests who were roughing it and needed provisions to survive the wilderness. Or marshmallows to roast at the campfire… The truck was modeled after the old-fashioned peddler trucks that serviced rural areas of the country. […]guests could find fresh fruit and vegetables, including corn, potatoes, and melons, chips, sodas, and even charcoal for cooking.
There is scant information available online about the truck that traversed the roads of Fort Wilderness Campground. Ryan’s site is the only mention that shows up in a search and he offers a fantastic press photo from the time.
Check out my Peddlar Truck video:
Peddlar Truck Update!
Bill Cotter of worldsfairphotos.com reached out to me and offered this photo of the Fort Wilderness amenity from the 1970s. This is an amazing color photograph of the truck.
Let’s zoom in a little closer to see what was for sale on the truck.
It looks like the cast member is handing ears of corn to a guest.
As far as I can tell from the image, the truck sold bags of potato chips, vegetables, cans of soda, bags of charcoal briquets, ears of corn and melons. Does anyone remember the truck and its wares? Thanks to Bill for sharing the photo! Make sure to check out his site.
Did you ever get to experience the Peddlar Truck?
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